Cerebral Palsy Financial Support

Creating a Life Care Plan

A good life care plan details all of the expenses and financial support needed for a child to stay healthy throughout his or her lifetime. Normally, the plan is constructed by doctors or nurses who are familiar with your child’s medical history and needs. These plans typically contain information on:

  • Educational costs and testing expenses
  • Special education programs
  • Ongoing assistive nursing care
  • Therapy services
  • Assistive devices, like wheelchairs and braces

In addition to working with your child’s medical providers, seeking guidance from a birth injury attorney may be helpful when compiling a life care plan. If your child’s cerebral palsy or other birth injury was due to negligence on the part of the doctornurse, or other medical staff, they could be held financially liable and the compensation won used to partly or entirely fund the cost of your child’s treatment.

Scholarships for Students with Cerebral Palsy

For cerebral palsy students, the costs of college tuition combined with ongoing medical expenses can create a significant barrier to pursuing higher education. Recognizing the unique challenges these students face, some donors and organizations have created scholarships to help offset tuition costs and make higher learning more achievable and inclusive for all. 

Below are a few scholarships offered to students with cerebral palsy. We also recommend researching scholarships offered in your local community and through your preferred universities.

Incight Scholarship

The incight scholarship is available to current Washington, Oregon, or California residents with a disability as defined by the ADA, DSM-V, IDEA, or other governing body. Visit their website for additional requirements and to apply.

Lime Scholarship

For rising computer science students with disabilities, the lime scholarship, sponsored by Google, offers recipients $10,000 for those studying in the U.S. and $5,000 for those studying in Canada. Additionally, scholarship winners will have a chance to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, California, and will be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google.

Compensation Claims

If your child is one of 10 percent of children born with cerebral palsy, in some cases, it could happen as a result of medical malpractice. When your child is going through a difficult time like with doctor’s visits, additional testing, therapy appointment and meeting with specialists, they have to go through many things in the process of getting treatment. In addition, you might have to pay for medication that you weren’t expecting to pay for. The bills pile up, and it can be expensive for families to be able to afford the medical bills. In fact, over the lifetime of a child, they could have to pay as much as $900,000. That costs more than what many families can afford. That’s where getting birth disorder compensation can help.

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Community Organizations

When people hear the word support group, sometimes it gets excessively used and some people think it has a negative connotation. Birth injury support groups can prove exceptionally useful because of how you meet people from a variety of walks of life who struggle with the same things that you do. In this way, your child doesn’t feel as alone. Someone who suffers a birth injury could see the benefits of being together with others who have similar disabilities.

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Government Organizations

As a family with a child that has suffered a birth injury like cerebral palsy, you might be wondering what resources you have available to you. This can be an extraordinarily expensive medical condition. Getting all the help that you can find can help you to get through it.

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Special Education

Getting educational resources gathered and prepared for your child with cerebral palsy isn’t always easy. In many cases, these children will have a more difficult time because of their disability, and it can make things harder for them. Birth disorder education resources were built with the intention of being used for those who struggle. They address the demands and needs that a child might have for this.

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Article Citations

  1. CDC
  2. U.S. Census Bureau
  3. Scholarship Opportunities

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